Written by: Imogen Sewell
The story of how you got engaged is one you’ll be telling and retelling for a lifetime. No pressure!
But don’t worry – the real hard part’s over. You’ve found someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, who doesn’t mind your weird quirks and (at times disgusting) habits. This’ll be a breeze.
Whether you’re into your private, intimate settings or your grand gestures, we’ve found the best dates ideas in Bristol and Brighton to pop the question.
#1 Enjoy an overnight stay at The Chocolate Box
This date hits that sweet spot between romantic gesture and low-key intimacy. Just a stone’s throw away from the Mendips, you and your partner will spend a night in a cosy cottage, home to a luxury chocolate workshop. After your chocolate making session, you’ll be free to explore surrounding area before climbing the spiral staircase to your bedroom. Pop the question in the privacy of your room, or spell out “will you marry me” in melted chocolate.
The choice is yours…
#2 Take a helicopter tour of Bristol…
How about proposing at 1,000 feet above ground level? If you’re a couple of thrill seekers, then there’s no better way than saying “I love you” than treating your partner to the ride of a lifetime. Spot Bristol’s landmarks as you soar through the air on a sightseeing trip like no other.
#3 Enjoy your own private sushi masterclass…
We are not saying that you should hide the ring in your sushi roll, but we think this would make a nice landmark date. And then, every time you have sushi you’ll think back to your engagement date. You’ll also pick up a useful life skill!
#4 Bring the spa to yours…
Why not stay in instead? You can hire two massage therapists to come to yours and treat you to a relaxing night in. Get the bubbly one ice, dressing gowns on, and you’re good to go.
#5 Your own bespoke cocktail flight…
This date brings an extra special twist to the tried-and-tested activity of just going for a drink. In the romantic setting of Plotting Parlour, your bar tender will match four luxury cocktails to your individual tastes. This one’s great if you’re feeling a little nervous about popping the question – nothing wrong with a bit of dutch courage!
#6 Enjoy The Cheese Lovers Box on the beach…
Proposals don’t have to mean heart shaped balloons or letters in the sky. If you’re looking for an intimate, low-key engagement plan then look no further. What’s more romantic than arriving home armed with a luxury box of cheese and antipasti, uncorking a bottle of wine and proposing from the comfort of your own sofa? Bliss… I’d sure say yes!
#7 e-Biking on Devil’s Dyke
If you’re outdoorsy types, then why not make your proposal the same! Climb to the top of the valley on your electric bikes, and let the beautiful views become the setting for the most important question you’ll ask in your life.
So there you have it.
Seven dates across Bristol and Brighton that we think make the perfect opportunity to pop the question.
While we don’t think that a good date has to cost the earth (in fact, one of my favourites is the cheese lovers box at only fifteen quid!), the luxury nature of proposal does mean some of these dates are at the more expensive end of the scale.
Five quick-fire affordable dates to get you away from Netflix, and onto a memorable date!
If you’re a keen Bristol foodie, you’ll have heard of Cargo at Wapping Wharf, a bustling hub of tiny takeaways, quirky clothes shops and dinky dining options.